Archive for September, 2010

Josh Hamilton avoids temptation

On Saturday, September 25th, the Texas Rangers clinched the AL West’s playoff seat for this year’s World Series playoffs.  As many of us know, when baseball teams clinch playoff births, the locker room after the game is a huge party.  Here is an article that caught my eye this week of a Texas Ranger who avoided the party due to his troubled past with drugs and alcohol.

Josh Hamilton avoids temptation

I have seen Hamilton claim to have faith in God and in Christ.  I think this is a great example to the other ball players and to us of an imperfect man making a Godly decision.

Sounds foolish to the world doesn’t it?

Blessings,

Josh

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9-26-10 I Corinthians 4:14-21

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9-19-10 I Corinthians 4:1-13

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Wonder Working Power

I’d say by far one of the farthest reaching themes so far in our study of I Corinthians is the idea of power.  Yes, wonder working power.  A couple highlights:

  • For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (1:17)
  • For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1:18)
  • For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (1:25)
  • My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (2:4-5)
  • For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (4:20)

I wonder out loud . . .

Do people see God’s power living in me?

Can we experience God’s power giving an hour a week in a room full of people we really don’t know well?

What great stories of God’s power live in people that I haven’t even heard about yet?

How do people in our church want to see God’s power displayed in our church and in their own lives?

These are exciting times.  I trust that God will empower me for whatever he calls me to do.  I know that I have experienced God’s power working in me as I have moved through trial and tribulation throughout my life.  And I also know that I want to see more of God’s powerful message of forgiveness and hope at work in people’s lives.

Wonder working power.

Have a great Monday!

Pastor Kevin

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Sin and Salvation

For Sunday night Youth Group, we have centered our nights around the topic of Sin and Salvation for the month of September.  Sounds pretty basic, doesn’t it?  Knowing full well that the Goss Youth have probably heard over and over that they are sinners, and that Jesus has saved them, I found it highly important to start with this foundation.

I challenged the youth to be honest that they are sinners.  All of us are, so why try to hide it!  I also challenged them to consider the weight of sin, and if we aren’t confessing our sins to God, we carry around a bunch of unnecessary weight.

If we are honest with ourselves, do we really believe that we are sinners?  We know the Bible tells us that we are sinners and we believe the Bible, but can we point to specific sins in our life?  Currently, this is something I am personally challenged with (identifying specific sins and confessing them).  If we subconsciously think we aren’t really sinners, then why would we need a savior?

Charles Spurgeon once said, “If your sin is small then your Savior will be small also. But if your sin is great, then your Savior must be great.”

For us as believers, we are both ruined by sin AND washed clean by the blood of Christ.  What a paradox!

I hope we never tire of hearing the Gospel truth – that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8b).

Blessings,

Josh

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Some thoughts on how to pray

Here is an article that gives us some thoughts on how to pray.  I hope these challenge you as much as they did for me!

http://www.christianity.com/devotionals/desiringgod/11554760/

Pastor Kevin

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Church on Monday

Sounds weird, doesn’t it?  “Church” on Monday.  I thought that was only for Sundays.  Problem is, it’s not – and never has been.

We gather at certain points throughout each week (typically Sundays and Wednesdays).  Most Christians do.  But, that is not “church”.  Those are church services: times to worship, pray, hear God’s Word, dissect it together, apply it to our lives.  So, we can’t just walk away from a building on Sunday and Wednesday and say we’ve done church!

Church is on Monday too.  And any other day we’re not “officially” gathered.  Church is when you lead your family in a couple songs, a memory verse, and a short Bible lesson.  It’s when you pray with your wife, it’s when you visit your neighbor.  It’s when you do something for someone that you may not really want to do.  Church is when you get the chance to be an example and do the right thing.  It’s when you get a chance to pray with someone, be available to help or care for someone, share meals together, or encourage someone who needs it.

Seriously, wouldn’t it say something if our community as Christians was limited to one or two days per week?  Wouldn’t it seem a little weak if something was so great that it was limited in our lives to one hour a week?  TV shows do that!  Community should be organic.  It should just naturally be a part of what we do.  Fellowshipping with believers.  Reaching out to nonbelievers.  Visiting or calling just to say hello, to pray, or to encourage.  Just part of the fiber of our being.  An overflow of joy in Jesus.

We talked at length yesterday (between morning and evening) about being fools for Christ.  What we do with our time, our joy, our money, our love for Jesus in our every day lives is what makes it count.  I hope that the foolish ways we live our lives will point to the Savior who so gloriously gave up His life for us.  So, as you think today:  what time is church?

Pastor Kevin

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